Food Security

How Burundi’s political crisis has crippled its economy

BUJUMBURA, 12 February 2016 (IRIN Africa) - The crisis that erupted in Burundi in April 2015 following Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a controversial third term as president has claimed more than 400 lives and caused more than 230,000 people to flee the country, according to the UN. But it isn’t just the citizens who have suffered - the economy is in a bad way too. full report

Drought spells disaster for Somali herders

HARGEISA/GAROWE, 11 February 2016 (IRIN Africa) - Two consecutive seasons of drought across northern Somalia are driving tens of thousands of pastoralists to hunger and debt. full report

139 children die in one month in drought-hit Pakistan district

THARPARKAR DISTRICT, Pakistan, 4 February 2016 (IRIN Asia) - At least 139 children died of waterborne disease in January in Pakistan's impoverished desert district of Tharparkar, which has been devastated by drought since 2013. Civil society groups and opposition politicians say the Sindh provincial government’s response to the crisis has been insufficient to prevent widespread hunger and disease. full report

Southern Africa’s food crisis in numbers

NAIROBI, 28 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - Southern Africa is facing the threat of extensive crop failures this year as a result of record low rainfall in a region in which 29 million people already don't have reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food. full report

El Niño-linked drought kills crops and people in PNG

YANGON, 28 January 2016 (IRIN Asia) - People are dying of malnourishment and disease in remote, drought-stricken communities in Papua New Guinea, which will need food aid for the next few months to prevent more deaths. full report

Should airdrops be tried to save starving Syrians?

JERUSALEM, 27 January 2016 (IRIN Middle East) - Since Madaya forced the plight of Syrians under siege onto the international stage, voices calling for airdrops to save starving civilians have only become louder. Governments and aid agencies say it can't be done effectively. But is it that simple? full report

Oil crash exposes Angola’s era of excess

NAIROBI, 26 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - There’s never a good time for a drought, but this is a particularly bad period for Angola as it struggles to cope with shrinking revenues as a result of the global oil price crash. full report

Uganda’s Karamoja faces drought emergency

KAMPALA, 19 January 2016 (IRIN Africa) - At least 640,000 people in Uganda’s northeastern Karamoja region – more than half its population – are facing food shortages as a result of a drought-affected harvest. full report

Low food prices but poor still go hungry

NAIROBI, 14 January 2016 (IRIN Global) - Global food prices are at their lowest level in years, but thanks to the exceptionally strong US dollar poor people in developing countries suffering severe climate shocks are seeing no benefit. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Starvation, combustible IKEA shelters, and the end of the world as we know it

GENEVA, 8 January 2016 (IRIN Global) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

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